Alaafin canvases sports as tool to curb youth violence

 By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has identified enlightenment and sporting activities as viable weapons against youth violence and restiveness. 

The monarch stated that a great percentage of violence perpetuated by the youths in the country is the result of some communication gap and a disconnect between them and leaders at various levels. 

According to him, the situation continues to widen overtime and is often manipulated by opportunists who lure the youths with promises of better standards, thus end up turning them into willing instruments for perpetuating violence in the pursuit of their group or individual interests. 

Oba Adeyemi pointed out that “Adequate enlightenment will create in the youths the awareness that the future belongs to them, that it must not be destroyed by them and that the future and its nature depend on the decision and choices they make.  It will register in them the contrast between the ignoble role of many contemporary youths and the noble and heroic contributions of the youths in the past to the development of Nigeria. 

“It will also open their eyes to the need to embrace the rule of law and democratic ideals as well as the need to explore available channels in resolving issues relating to the neglect of the youths in the development process.”

  He lamented that youths who have too much energy and no place productive for channeling it participate in violent acts.

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